Overdrive Extra

Plan compliance duties before going independent

It’s easy to look at a load board and dream about getting those rates posted and not sharing them with your carrier. It’s another matter entirely to end up making less than you do now because of all of the additional costs.

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Technology creep

To a large extent, both CCJ and Overdrive magazines focus on technology. CCJ, in particular, started out as a technology/business magazine way back in 1911 with the premise of telling people how the could use a new technological marvel – the motor car – to haul goods and make money. The pace of technology is often uneven. Historically, technology’s two prime drivers have been war and capitalism; although I think today we can add “government” to ...

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Using a shipping container as an office?

Does your company need a cheap, sturdy office? Overdrive sister pub Equipment World's Tom Jackson may have a solution for you — an intermodal-type cargo container.

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Driving blindfolded or asleep? Avoid these states

Atlas Van Lines has put together a clever infographic highlighting statistics about distracted driving and safety.

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Recycled oil offers nice shade of green

  “Crude is crap,” proclaimed one member of our group Thursday, Nov. 15  as myself and other media participants toured the Safety-Kleen oil re-refinery facility in East Chicago, Ind. No, he is not opposed to crude oil itself. He was simplifying a point he makes whenever he encounters opinions that are biased against using recycled oil. Basically, used oil before it is re-refined is actually cleaner than crude oil, the base for making virgin oil. “What ...

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72 years later, those wheels sing a colorful song

“Singing Wheels" is a treasure of old trucks and truckers, dock and highway scenes, and more, packaged with the hype and patriotism of the early 1940s.

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Another trucker finds Joe’s Truck Stop the hard way

If you are a truck driver, Joe’s Truck Stop is a place you want to avoid visiting.

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An easy way to stream your favorite talk shows

A free app simplifies the process of finding and playing podcasts. Stitcher, available for iPhone and Android, offers the latest news, politics, sports, business and entertainment.

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Truckers’ tool finds zombie niche

Revamped tool aimed at truckers has zombie fans talking.

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A forecast revisited: ‘Big-rig truck fleets will be driverless’

One impetus for driverless vehicles is that the vast majority of accidents are due to human error. With today's technology, a robo-vehicle can constantly analyze its surroundings – moving and non-moving objects – and respond appropriately.

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